Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand: Book Opinion

I really need to up my game with both writing about the books that I have read in the Brunch Book Challenge and actually reading more books to finish the challenge by the year end. If you click on the link, you would know that it’s not a difficult to complete challenge, it’s just that I have come to become a slow reader over the years and, well, all of us are stringent on time. Regarding the book posts here, well I am pretty far behind compared to what I have actually read. I’ll try to catch up on both. 🙂


Anyway, here is the 16th book that I read as part of the Brunch Book Challenge and as I said, I’ll be logging my opinion about every book that I read as part of this challenge. In case you want to participate in this challenge too, read up about it here.

Basically, I found this list of books online about 21 awesome books from Indian authors. Coincidentally many of the books in the list matched my tastes, so I am planning to read as many as I can from that particular list and, thankfully, two of those books were available in my mom’s office library. One of them is this – ‘Untouchable’ by Mulk Raj Anand. (If you want to know about the list, let me know in comments 🙂 ).

As always with book opinions, I don’t exactly know how to put it. 😀 I am glad that I read the book. It’s quite unique since the theme is unconventional but it wasn’t really a page turner for me. It was touching nonetheless. It basically is about one day in the life of a sweeper, in those pre-partition times when the concept of untouchables was very much popular. It is probably not something you would be enthralled by (or maybe you would be) but you would definitely be glad that you read it. 🙂


Let me know if you have read it or happen to read it.


21 thoughts on “Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand: Book Opinion

  1. I read this a year ago. I agree with you, It definitely is unconventional, and possibly was sensational during its time. Have you read “worshipping false gods” -Arun shourie? Makes an interesting combination 🙂

  2. “As always with book opinions, I don’t exactly know how to put it” now there’s an honest review 🙂 literature with social messages is often an exercise in condescension but i’ve heard provokingly good things about this. plus, untouchability still exists, so very much relevant

    • Thank you 🙂 yes, even i had heard really good things about this, it’s not a page turner for me (read not sensational enough 😛 ) but definitely a good read.

        • well, i enjoy family drama, so there are many for me, but i guess most people find it pretty boring, isn’t it? A recent one that I read and I am liking is The Guide by RK Narayan Sir, a little dragging in the beginning but totally got my hooked after a point. It’s not so much of a family drama so thought I would mention. 🙂 Honestly, it is kind of Bollywood-y. 🙂

          • hehe thanks a lot comrade, appreciate it 🙂 i’m reading kuzhali manickavel’s insects are just like you and me except some of them have wings, it’s really good. give the description a whirl sometime and see if it tickles your fancy! 🙂

  3. where’s the list? 🙂 I once tried mulk raj anand…but could not complete…maybe i was not mature enough to understand…it must have been about 15 years back, so….

    • Oh, koi na, you will soon be able to. 🙂 I wish so. and i did not get the first part, tell me about some character you liked, as in? just for general conversation (as at least i like talking about random books and characters) or that was some sarcasm that i did not get. 😛

      • Haha hadd hai. Image aisi ban gayi hai ki earnestly bolo toh bhi sarcasm lagta hai 😉

        Arre i mean, book mein koi character ya kisi character ka koi aspect pasand aaya ho bohot – toh wo batao 🙂

        • is particular mei toh i liked the main character itself quite a lot 🙂 simple, clear at heart, practical, very good at his duties, getting confused by the prejudices thrown at him by society.

  4. Just stumbled on your blog today, and love your blog posts. I’ve heard about this book and for some reason I thought it was about gays. I don’t know why I thought that. Anyways, good to hear from you that the book is good, I should pick it up sometime.

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